IEGMPIndependent Expert Group on Mobile Phones
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The IEGMP conducted a wide-ranging inquiry including consultation with the public and on 11 May 2000 issued the "Stewart Report" (after the surname of its chairman), which concluded that "the balance of evidence to date suggests that exposures to RF radiation below NRPB [National Radiological Protection Board] and ICNIRP guidelines do not cause adverse health effects to the general population." The IEGMP report continued:
(IEGMP 2000) The IEGMP report has been criticized for recommending a precautionary approach while concluding that there was no convincing evidence of harm (Burgess 2002):
Health Protection Agency on 1 April 2005) reviewed progress on the IEGMP recommendations and concluded:
The Board believes that the main conclusions reached in the (IEGMP) Report in 2000 still apply today and that a precautionary approach to the use of mobile phone technologies should continue to be adopted.
Department of Health in 2000 after publication of the IEGMP report and found that "precautionary advice was generally interpreted as causing concern rather than providing reassurance.
Following the publication of the IEGMP report the British government said it would commission further research into the issues raised and, in the meantime, would inform parents of the recommendations of the research.
The IEGMP report was described by the government's Minister for Public Health as 'the world's most comprehensive review of the possible health effects of mobile telecommunications.'
Because this is primarily an epidemiologic review, we have not detailed the physics and dosimetry of RFs from different sources, which are described elsewhere [Hitchcock and Patterson 1995; Independent Expert Group on Mobile Phones (IEGMP) 2000; Mantiply et al.